“Die before death and live forever.” Pir Vilayat Inayat Khan
Dhikr is possibly the central practice of most Sufi Orders, and of course there are many ways of doing it and saying it and chanting it and singing it. It is the core of the Dervish ceremony, of course, there is a great deal of lore out there about its practice and the miracles it brings. Some form of it appears in all the esoteric schools: the Kyrie Eleison (God have mercy of the Desert Fathers, the Hesychasts), the Ein Keloheinu of the Chassids (There is no God but God) and, I think, Om (relating to Brahman, the Absolute) and Om Mane Padme Hum. All I can do is tell you about it from the perspective of what it has given to me over nearly 40 years of practice.
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